Case-ready meat, retail-ready meat, or pre-packaged meat refers to fresh meat that is processed and packaged at a central facility and delivered to the store ready to be put directly into the meat case. 
Case-ready meat is cut and packaged at central regional facilities and sent to retail stores ready for placement in refrigerated display cases. Local butchering, cutting, trimming, and overwrapping the meat at retail stores is greatly reduced.
Centralized cutting and processing of meats has the potential of reducing the shelf life of the cuts. Specialized packaging is needed to regain and even extend that shelf life.
Packaging includes tray, absorbent pad, specialty plastic films, etc. Oxygen scavengers and Modified atmosphere packaging are used to keep the products visually appealing and consumer safe. 
Control of temperature during the distribution cold chain is critical to meat quality and safety.
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